Infection Prevention “Bundle” Can Reduce Staph Surgical Site Infections, JAMA Article Says
Implementing a preoperative infection prevention “bundle” was associated with a reduction in serious Staphylococcus aureus surgical site infections (SSIs), according to an AHRQ-funded study and abstractpublished online in the June 2 issue of in the Journal of the American Medical Association. According to the article, “Association of a Bundled Intervention With Surgical Site Infections Among Patients Undergoing Cardiac, Hip, or Knee Surgery,” the bundle included screening for S. aureus, decolonizing patients who were positive for these bacteria and administering perioperative antibiotics according to an evidence-based protocol. Researchers looked at SSI rates for 42,534 operations involving cardiac surgery and hip or knee replacements performed in 20 Hospital Corporation of America-affiliated hospitals in nine states. Overall, they found that fully adhering to the bundle significantly reduced the risk of serious S. aureus SSIs in these operations.